Director of Veterans Outreach
Andy “Doc” Melder proudly served from 2000-2005 as a Hospital Corpsman Third Class with the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company of the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion in Norfolk, Va. He has deployed with all three companies of the unit in three separate continents and understands first hand the life of a forward operator. The nickname “Doc” is a term of endearment bestowed by the Marines to only the deserving Corpsman that have a long history of serving side-by-side the Few and the Proud as their dedicated care taker above all else, even their own life. Andy has been honored every time he has heard the mention of the word “Doc” because it represents the sacrifice of many Corpsman before and after his time and wishes to honor this tradition of serving those that serve by being an advocate for the compassionate use Medical Marijuana for Texas Veterans in their fight with pain, PTSD, and the many many other ailments that could be alleviated with the use of Medical Marijuana.
It always has been, and always will be Andy’s mission to serve those that serve and to keep advocating for his Veteran brothers and sisters in their fight after the fight. Seeing first hand the terrible pharmaceutical practices of the VA and the treatment of Veterans that become addicted to many Opiates, Benzodiazepines, and many other known addictive and physically harmful substances. Andy is proud to take this fight to Austin and looks forward to speak for those who cannot because they have been prescribed an addiction by the same government that wishes to place his fellow Veterans in prison for the use of a plant that can help them cope with the scars that were delivered to them on the behalf of the government they served. Andy also believes that Veterans can hopefully “make entry” for the rest of Texas so that the same freedoms can be afforded to all AMERICANS!
“It begins with compassion, but it ends with freedom.”